Regional New South Wales has seen jobs created particularly in Newcastle & Lake Macquarie, the Hunter Valley and the Illawarra. On the other hand regional Victoria has seen total employment decline.
This represents evidence that at least some of the fallout from mining and construction contract layoffs is now in the rear view mirror, at least from an employment perspective. While aggregate demand may still be in declining in some mining regions, many of those contracted for the construction phase of mining projects have now returned to the capital cities.
Part 2 - Brisbane bounce
In fairness - while not charted here due to immateriality - Hobart's small labour market has also been picking up very nicely (+3k).
Not so much doing elsewhere.
Part 3 - Unemployment dispersion
Unemployment has also declined steadily in Greater Brisbane (5.4 per cent) and Melbourne (6.3 per cent).
Meanwhile in Greater Sydney unemployment remains relatively low (5.3 per cent), though the Sydney result has been skewed higher by rising unemployment rates on the Central Coast, and in Blacktown.
Smoothing the original data on a rolling annual basis reveals the dispersion more clearly, with Hobart, Brisbane, and Melbourne showing the greatest improvement.